The NPB announced that the following five players filed for free agency. Team will be able to negotiate with free agents beginning on November 15.
2018 Free Agents
|Pos||Name JPN||Name ENG||Age||Type||2018 Team||2018 Salary||Class||Compensation||Source|
|C||炭谷 銀仁朗||Ginjiro Sumitani||31||International||Seibu||110.00M||B||Yomiuri Giants||Latest|
|INF||浅村 栄斗||Hideto Asamura||28||Domestic||Seibu||210.00M||B||Rakuten Eagles||Latest|
|P||西勇 輝||Yuki Nishi||28||Domestic||Orix||120.00M||B||Hanshin Tigers||Latest|
|OF||丸 佳浩||Yoshihiro Maru||29||Domestic||Hiroshima||210.00M||A||Yomiuri Giants||Latest|
|INF||中村 剛也||Takeya Nakamura||35||International||Seibu||280.00M||A||Exercised option and will remain with Seibu.||11/08|
Free Agent Classes
Source: NPB 11/14/20180 Comments
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The media learned on December 13 that there were strong indications that Koji Uehara was going to return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Uehara confirmed the rumors through Twitter this morning.
Good morning everyone!
It is just as this morning’s papers mention, I will be playing for the Giants again next year.
I know there all kinds of opinions about this, but I will be happy if you can support me.
[UPDATE 12/15 @ 3:07am]
Uehara spoke to the media after finalizing his contract with the Giants on December 14. He was assigned the uniform number 19 (he wore 11 this year) and agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen. Uehara told reporters he did not receive offers from other teams.0 Comments
The media learned on December 12, through Yakult Swallows official Masayuki Okumura, that the Yakult Swallows have reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Albert Suarez. The right-handed pitcher is the older brother of Softbank’s Robert Suarez.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters and Yakult Swallows agreed on a trade. The Fighters will send twenty-seven-year-old Hirotoshi Takanashi and twenty-one-year-old Kengo Ota to the Swallows for twenty-nine-year-old Ryo Akiyoshi and twenty-seven-year-old Ryota Yachi.0 Comments
The NPB is planning to expand the total number of allowed players on the active roster from twenty-eight to twenty-nine next season. Teams will still be limited to twenty-five players for official games. The extra active roster slot should give teams more flexibility — they can keep an extra reliever or bench player at Ichi-gun without losing them for ten days by dropping them to Ni-gun. The extra slot should also allow more players to earn time for their free agent options.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Yuki Nishi. He was assigned the uniform number 16. According to media reports, he agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated one billion yen in total.
Source: Hanshin 12/7/2017, Sponichi 12/8/2018, Sponchi 12/8/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, ZakZak 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/8/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Sanspo 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018
[UPDATE 12/15 @ 3:10am]
The Tigers held a press conference for Nishi at a hotel in Osaka on December 14. He was assigned the uniform number 160 Comments
|Pos||Name JPN||Name ENG||Team||Age||Times|
|P||藤井 貴之||Takayuki Fujii||Nihon Seimei||30||2|
|C||辻野 雄大||Takehiro Tsujino||Honda||25||1|
|1B||岡崎 啓介||Keisuke Okazaki||Hitachi Seisakusho||29||1|
|2B||原田 拓実||Takumi Harada||Nihon Seimei||27||1|
|3B||森下 翔平||Shohei Morishita||Hitachi Seisakusho||24||1|
|SS||東條 航||Wataru Tojo||JR Higashi Nihon||27||1|
|OF||近本 光司||Koji Chikamoto||Osaka Gas||24||1|
|OF||那賀 裕司||Yuji Naka||Mitsubishi Juko Kobe Takasago||28||1|
|OF||三木 大和||Daichi Miki||JFE Nishi Nihon||27||1|
|DH||片山 勢三||Seizo Katayama||Panasonic||23||1|
|Award||Name JPN||Name ENG||Team||Age||Notes|
|Leading Hitter||辻野 雄大||Takehiro Tsujino||Honda||25||.460 (14 G, 23-for-50)|
|Most Runs Batted In||岡崎 啓介||Keisuke Okazaki||Hitachi Seisakusho||29||20 RBI (12 G, 42 AB)|
|Most Home Runs||岡崎 啓介||Keisuke Okazaki||Hitachi Seisakusho||29||6 HR (12 G, 42 AB)|
|Most Wins||勝野 昌慶||Akiyoshi Katsuno||Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya||21||5-1 (9 G, 66.0 IP)|
|Best ERA||大竹 飛鳥||Asuka Otake||NTT Higashi Nihon||33||0.44 (40.2 IP, 7 R, 2 ER)|
According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Yomiuri Giants are trying to sign twenty-two-year-old Reimin Ramos and twenty-two-year-old Israel Mota to Ikusei contracts. The two attended tryouts held by the Giants in the Dominican Republic last moth and passed.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018
[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:00pm]
The Giants announced that they reached agreements with Ramos and Mota. Ramos was assigned the uniform number 025 and Mota 014. Both players are slated to arrive in Japan in late-January.
Source: Yomiuri 12/7/2018
[UPDATE 12/8 @ 2:35pm]
According to Daily Sports, the two players are slated to make an estimated 20,000 US dollars next year.
Source: Daily Sports 12/8/20180 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced the following uniform numbers changes:
Source: Chunichi 12/6/20180 Comments
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo released their list of players eligible for the Hall of Fame through the Players and Expert Division screening process. Results will be revealed on January 15 (Tuesday), 2019.0 Comments
Shun Yamaguchi agreed to a new two-year contract extension (he was in the final year of a two-year deal this season). According to media reports, his salary will be an estimated 230 million yen next year (no change over this season). He was also assigned a new uniform number: from 42 to 11.0 Comments